October 26, 2010
walker's Kilimanjaro trek raises £3,500
Burnham-On-Sea man who lost over 15 stone in 15 months has completed
an incredible week-long climb up to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
in Africa to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
first reported last
year how Keith Mitchell, from Winchester Road, had twice won
a National Slimathon competition in recognition of his efforts
in slimming from 33 stone to 15 stone.
has this week returned after completing his once-in-a-lifetime
climb to the summit of Africa's highest mountain, which sits 5,895
metres high on the northern border of Tanzania overlooking Kenya.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I walked 62km over seven days,
starting at 1,800 metres and reaching Stella Point at the roof
of Africa. It was an unforgettable adventure that I would never
have dreamt I could complete two years ago when I was 33 stone."
was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. The temperatures
were sweltering hot in the daytime and down to minus 15 centigrade
altitude sickness badly affected me, giving me double vision,
dizzy spells and headaches, but I wouldn't let that stop me."
Stella Point as the sun broke was a experience I will never forget,"
he said. "I am now enjoying some rest with my family before
I plan another challenge to take on."
who raised £3,500 for SCOPE, the charity that helps people
with cerabal palsey, was part of a group of 48 people from the
UK completing the walk. In total, they raised a huge £162,000.
"I would like to thank all those that have supported me in
this journey, including my wife Jane and children Angelina and
Eleana, and to all the wonderful people who sponsored me to do
online fundraising web page is still open here